Trying to Start Early

Training for the 10k has not started yet, but knowing some of the issues I would have to work through I decided I would try to get started early. I have been out 3 times in the past 5 days and completed a total of 13.25km. My worries were definitely confirmed. Shin splints. Really really bad shin splints. It doesn’t take much running and my shins are burning so badly that I can barely lift my feet off the ground. It probably doesn’t help that my first 4k run on Sunday is the longest I have run in probably 4 years. Luckily I have 2 supportive and now seasoned runners as sisters to help guide me through this process. Running with 1 sister on Sunday helped to pace myself. It was exciting because it showed me that I am capable and I can do it. I know from discussions with my 2nd sister who was a Team Myles Ambassador last year, and is a Mentor this year, that shin splints were a huge issue for her when she started last year. In time things got better for her, and I trust that they will for me too. I have already learned some stretches that help, and know that with more training things will improve. All in all it has been a tough but exciting 5 days. I am really looking forward to getting started. From my first 3 runs I have a baseline pace which I can now work towards improving all the way to race day!

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